Pick a Headliner: Paul McCartney vs. Metallica

We break down each act's stats so you can make an informed decision

Photo by Gary Miller

Paul McCartney

Fri., 7:45pm, American Express stage

Government Name: Sir James Paul McCartney, CH MBE

Nicknames: Macca, Paul Ramon

Hometown: Liverpool, England

Active Since: 1957

Genre: Pop, rock, classical, electronica

Number of Studio Albums: 47, including 23 with the Beatles

Number of Grammys: 18

Latest Release: Egypt Station

Influences: Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry

Notable collaborators: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Elvis Costello, Kanye West

Breakout moment: The Ed Sullivan Show, Feb. 9, 1964

Songs He Should Play: "I'm Down," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Live and Let Die," "Let It Be"

Song He Shouldn't Play: "Silly Love Songs"

Notable Deaths: Rumors surfaced in October 1969 that McCartney had died in a 1966 car wreck and was replaced with a look-alike. Plus John Lennon, George Harrison, George Martin, Linda McCartney

Brave Experiments: Three electronica collaborations with Killing Joke's Youth as the Fireman

Stereotypical Fan: Baby boomers

Best Lines: "And when the brokenhearted people living in the world agree/ There will be an answer/ Let it be."

Last Local Show: Frank Erwin Center, May 22, 2013, his Austin debut

Notable Achievement: The Quarrymen, the Beatles, Wings

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Sat., 8pm, American Express stage

Government Names: James Alan Hetfield; Lars Ulrich, R; Kirk Lee Hammett; Roberto Agustín Miguel Santiago Samuel Perez de la Santa Concepción Trujillo Veracruz Bautista

Nicknames: Alcoholica (formerly)

Hometown: Los Angeles

Active Since: 1981

Genre: Thrash metal

Number of Studio Albums: 10

Number of Grammys: 9

Latest Release: Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (2016); ...And Justice for All (Remaster out Nov. 2)

Influences: Motörhead, Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head, Iron Maiden, Misfits

Notable Collaborators: Dave Mustaine, Jason Newstead, Lemmy, The Simpsons

Breakout moment: Kill 'Em All, July 25, 1983

Songs They Should Play: "Whiplash," "Creeping Death," "Master of Puppets," "One," "Enter Sandman"

Song They Shouldn't Play: Prince's "When Doves Cry" (youtu.be/FgQ57Gv7W7k)

Notable Deaths: Bassist Cliff Burton, killed in a bus accident in Sweden, Sept. 27, 1986

Brave Experiments: 1991's Metallica, aka "The Black Album"; ill-advised Lou Reed collaboration Lulu

Stereotypical Fan: Lots of hair, ancient Damage, Inc. tour shirt (sleeves cut off), equally ancient greasy denim

Best Lines: "Exit light/ Enter night/ Take my hand/ We're off to Never-Neverland."

Last Local Show: X-Games, Circuit of the Americas, June 6, 2015

Notable Achievement: Chairmen of the board to extreme metal's Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax

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